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Eye On Boise archive for March 15, 2018


Lawmaker panel says Idaho should cover ranchers’ legal fees

A panel of Idaho lawmakers says the state should reimburse two ranchers for legal costs they incurred fighting the federal government for rights to streams and other water bodies that livestock rely on when grazing on federally managed land. The House State Affairs Committee passed the proclamation on a voice vote Thursday, stating that $600,000...

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IRI dispute crops up in budget debate...

As the Senate was voting 34-1 in favor of the budget for the coming year for the office of the state superintendent of schools today, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Winder, R-Boise, sounded a warning. Citing restrictive “intent language” in the spending bill, the Boise Republican...

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Otter reluctantly OKs bill tweaking Idaho math requirements

Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter says he has reluctantly allowed legislation eliminating the requirement for high school students to take math classes during their senior year to become law. Otter announced Wednesday that he feared the bill would undermine the state's investment in science and mathematics in Idaho's public education system. However...

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Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, talks to reporters March 6, 2018. He’s joined by Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., left, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., right. (AP /  J. Scott Applewhite)

U.S. Senate passes Crapo bill easing Dodd-Frank rules for banks

The Senate passed bipartisan legislation Wednesday designed to ease bank rules enacted to prevent a relapse of the 2008 financial crisis that caused millions of Americans to lose their jobs and homes, the AP reports. The Senate voted 67-31 for a bill from GOP Sen. Mike Crapo of Idaho that would dial back portions of the law known as Dodd-Frank...

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